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Nurse looks back at 50 years in the profession


I started my nurse training in 1976 and remember the 'separate tables' in the dining room for sisters/staff nurses. You were scared stiff of the ward sisters, who only ever spoke to you to tell you off! I also remember doing my first lot of nights (10 week stint) on a combined paediatric/ orthopaedic unit. I had only been in nursing about 2 months and was left alone, in charge of a 30 bedded ward aged just 17! (you could specialise in Orthopaedics from age 17). I had to wake them up at 6am, wash them and make their breakfast (toast/cereal) and feed the babies/toddlers. We had a night sister to ring if any problems (hardly saw her!), but I do recall A&E ringing me on many a night, telling me they were sending down a patient (usually appendicitis cases)! Have to say I loved every minute of my nurse training and was well prepared/trained to run a ward on qualifying!

Posted date

11 January, 2013

Posted time

1:31 pm